RESPONSES OF BROILER CHICKS FED DIFFERENT CEREAL GRAIN BY-PRODUCTS MEAL

U J BAH, I M DIKKO, M K UMAR, S Z YUSUF, S AHMADU

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A feeding trial was conducted to evaluate the performance of broiler starter chicks fed differently processed cereal grain by-products. Five experimental diets were formulated to contain Maize, Sorghum, Wheat, Millet offal and Brewers dried grains at 10% levels of inclusion represented as T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5. One hundred and fifty Amor broilers chicks were randomly allotted to five dietary treatment groups in a completely randomized designed after a week pre-feeding. Each treatment was replicated three times with ten birds per replicate. The result showed that feed intake was not significantly (p>0.05) different among the treatment groups except weight gain and feed conversion ratio. T1 (MO) had the highest (25.80g/birds) weight gain and T5 (BDG) recorded the lowest (23.78g/birds). Superior feed conversion ratio was observed in T1 (2.33), T2 (2.47) and T4 (2.61) compared to T3 (2.93) and T5 (2.98) which had inferior values. It was concluded from the results of the study that broiler starter can tolerate up to 10% levels of cereal grain by-product without detrimental effects on their performance while T1 (MO) appeared to be the best among the treatment groups due to its more digestible nutrients proportion than non digestable. Therefore, it is recommended for poultry farmers.


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